Lucy was naturally clever; her remarks were often just and amusing; and as a companion for half an hour Elinor frequently found her agreeable; but her powers had received no aid from education: she was ignorant and illiterate; and her deficiency of all mental improvement, her want of information in the most common particulars, could not be concealed from Miss Dashwood, in spite of her constant endeavour
to appear to advantage.
But I will endeavour
to banish every painful thought, and think only of what will make me happy-- your affection, and the invariable kindness of my dear uncle and aunt.
The incertitude which attends closely every artistic endeavour
is absent from its regulated enterprise.
She will have occasion for all those attractive powers for which she is celebrated to gain any share of my regard; and I shall certainly endeavour
to guard myself against their influence, if not accompanied by something more substantial.
Catherine said no more, and, with an endeavour
to do right, applied to her work; but, after a few minutes, sunk again, without knowing it herself, into languor and listlessness, moving herself in her chair, from the irritation of weariness, much oftener than she moved her needle.
For which reason others endeavour
to procure other riches and other property, and rightly, for there are other riches and property in nature; and these are the proper objects of economy: while trade only procures money, not by all means, but by the exchange of it, and for that purpose it is this which it is chiefly employed about, for money is the first principle and the end of trade; nor are there any bounds to be set to what is thereby acquired.
We have had trials, and we know that we must have them again; but we bear them well together, and endeavour
to fortify ourselves and each other against the final separation--that greatest of all afflictions to the survivor.
But, at the same time, if any honest reader shall have derived more pain than pleasure from its perusal, and have closed the last volume with a disagreeable impression on his mind, I humbly crave his pardon, for such was far from my intention; and I will endeavour
to do better another time, for I love to give innocent pleasure.
The young gentleman said he knew very well we were all mortal, and he would endeavour to submit to his loss as well as he could.
He was therefore resolved to communicate it to him: for if his uncle recovered (as he heartily prayed he might) he knew he would never forgive an endeavour to keep a secret of this kind from him.
Yet we learned that we were not the first who had landed on Endeavour
But I have one want which I have never yet been able to satisfy, and the absence of the object of which I now feel as a most severe evil, I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavour
to sustain me in dejection.